Grass-fed News, Resources & Further Reading

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NEWS

♦ September 22, 2018  Field Day, Noon-4pm, Grant City, MO- “From Rotational to Regenerative Grazing“, Practical Farmers of Iowa

Join Andy Welch, of Welch Family Farms, to learn how rotational grazing differs from regenerative grazing. Andy will discuss how he has intensified his grazing practices over the last several years, and how his switch to a regenerative grazing focus has helped him to improve his pastures, graze stockpiled pastures all winter long and improve overall diversity.

♦ September 8, 2018  Field Day- “Grass-Fed Beef: From Production to Marketing“, Practical Farmers of Iowa

Join Dave and Meg Schmidt of Troublesome Creek Cattle Co. to learn strategies for raising and marketing grass-fed beef. Learn about summer and winter grazing management, grass-finishing at different times of year and results from on-farm research done with PFI.

♦ August 17, 2018 “Grass fed Beef is on the Upswing but Must Overcome Significant Challenges” , Soup-to-Nuts Podcast

Grass fed beef may account for only a small fraction of the total US beef market, but demand for it is growing fast as consumers look for options that not only are flavorful but which they perceive as healthier for them, the environment and animals. By Elizabeth Crawford

August 29, 2018 7:00pm-8:30pm CDT “Options for Marketing Your Grass-fed Beef & Dairy” Webinar, Wallace Center Pasture Project

Presenters: Rod Ofte (Willow Creek Ranch and Wisconsin Meadows Grass Fed Beef Cooperative), Adam Warthesen (Organic Valley), and Al Hass (Organic Valley)

August 15, 2018 7:00pm-8:30pm CDT “Understanding Grass-fed Beef Logistics: Transport, Processing, Distribution” Webinar, Wallace Center Pasture Project

Presenters: Rod Ofte (Willow Creek Ranch and Wisconsin Meadows Grass Fed Beef Cooperative) and Mike Lorentz (Lorentz Meats)

♦ August 9, 2018  Practical Farmers of Iowa Host Special Event: Iowa Grass-Fed Beef Cooperative Working Group Meeting

Pathfinders will join farmer-leaders and stakeholders involved in grass-fed beef production for a discussion on the feasibility and development of a grass-fed beef cooperative in Iowa.

Rod Ofte, manager of Wisconsin Meadows, a grass-fed beef co-op in Wisconsin, will take a deep dive into the history of setting up the Wisconsin co-op, protocol development, key challenges, solutions and more.  Participants of the meeting will discuss  ideas and decide next steps to advance the grass-fed industry in Iowa.
June 22, 2018 Barnyard Bash in Fairfield, Iowa

6/22/2018 Pathfinders RC&Dwill have a booth with kids’ games pertaining to Grass-fed Beef

Free Transportation to the Grassfed Exchange Conference in South Dakota for PFI Members  

6/20 – 6/23/2018 Ride to Grassfed, Practical Farmers of Iowa

Grass-fed Beef Window Clings for National Beef Month

5/1/2018 Grass-fed Beef Consumer Awareness Campaign, Pathfinders RC&D 

♦ Natural Grocers introduces new grass fed beef provider in all 144 stores, maintains highest meat standards in national grocery industry

2/27/2018  PRESS RELEASE PR Newswire, Markets Insider  

♦ June 20-22, 2018  The Grassfed Exchange

6/20 – 6/22, 2018- “The conference for regenerative producers and sustainable food supporters,” Rapid City, South Dakota  

♦ Feb 2018-  MSU Grass-fed Beef School coming in February

2/12/2018 By  Jerry Lindquist, Michigan State University Extension

♦ Feb 16th-   Soil Health Workshop in Bloomfield

2/16/2018  Mutchler Community Center, Bloomfield, IA

♦ Soaring Popularity Of Grass-Fed Beef May Hit Roadblock: Less Nutritious Grass

1/08/2018  by Alex Smith, Food for Thought, NPR.org

♦ Webinar: Regenerating Soils with Adaptive, High-Stock Density Grazing

2/20/2018  Food Animal Concerns Trust

♦ 6th Annual Southern Iowa Grazing Conference 

2/16 – 2/17/2018  Mutchler Community Center in Bloomfield, IA

Practical Farmers of Iowa Annual Conference

1/18 – 1/20/2018  Scholarships Available for Livestock Farmers!

♦ Developing Michigan’s Local, Pasture-based, Beef Production System

10/23/2017 by Jason Rowntree, Michigan State University Extension 

♦ Kansas City Startup Launches Grass-fed Beef Delivery Services

10/20/2017 by Christine McGuigan, Siliconprairienews.com

♦ Field Day Recap: Regenerative Grazing to Produce Gourmet Grass-Fed Beef

10/11/2017  By Meghan Filbert, Practical Farmers of Iowa 

♦ Pasture Improvement and Grass-fed Certification Grants Available

Apply by 12/4/2017  Food Animal Concerns Trust 

♦ Korea rediscovers grass-fed beef : ‘All-natural’ trend revives old approach to raising cattle

9/25 By Lee Sun-Min, Korea JoongAng Daily

♦ Conference: The Grassfed Exchange

9/27 – 9/29/2017 in Albany, NY, Conference for regenerative producers and sustainable food supporters 

♦ Field Day: Regenerative Grazing to Produce Gourmet Grass-Fed Beef

9/16/2017 12pm-4pm in Bellevue, IA Practical Farmers of Iowa 

♦ Amazon Discussing Distribution Deal with Grass-Fed Beef Producers

8/7/2017  by Lynne Hayes, Growing Iowa

♦ 4 Critical Factors the Grassfed Industry Cannot Ignore

8/2/2017  by Grassfed Exchange speaker, Wayne Rasmussen

♦ 7 Questions with Johnny Wood

7/21/2017 The Grassfed Exchange interviews speaker Johnny Wood about regenerative agriculture and it’s role for our future.

♦ Early Bird Registration open for The Grassfed Exchange 

September 27-29, 2017 Albany, NY. The Grassfed Exchange Conference is a gathering of regenerative ranchers, dairymen, and sustainable food supporters from across the world who come together to network and exchange ideas.

♦ Tweed Croft Farm’s Grassfed Beef Served at HoQ restaurant in Des Moines

2/18/2017 “HoQ’s local pledge, subtle quest for zest create a sumptuous mix”, The Des Moines Register

RESOURCES

♦ Dry-Aging Improves Meat Quality Attributes of Grass-fed Beef Loins

November 2018 Science Direct 

♦ New Online Tool Can Help Farmers See Value of Cover Crops and Paths to Profitability

4/12/2018 Practical Farmers of Iowa

♦ On-farm Research Quantifies Value of Grazing Cattle on Cover Crops

3/9/2018 By Tamsyn Jones, Practical Farmers of Iowa

♦ Grassfed Certification by AGW

A Greener World‘s Certified Grassfed Label information

♦ Integrating Livestock and Cover Crops for Profit in Kansas

12/13/2017 by Farminar Video, Practical Farmers of Iowa

♦ Solutions for Winter Watering While Grazing

10/16/2017 by Kathy Voth, On Pasture

♦ White Oak Pastures: A Case Study
♦ White Oak Pastures: On Hundred Thousand Beating Hearts

Will Harris, owner of White Oak Pastures, tells his evolution from industrial to regenerative farmer in this 15 minute video.

♦ Start Stockpiling Pasture for Fall and Winter Grazing

8/14/2017 by Victor Shelton, On Pasture

♦ Planning for, and Managing Through Drought

7/31/2017 by Dave Pratt, On Pasture

♦ Making Sense of the Many Systems of Rotational Grazing

The Pasture Project compiled this informative comparison of the different rotational grazing methods.

♦ Producer’s Guide to Pasture-Based Beef Finishing

The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment published this comprehensive guide for producers looking to change to pasture.

♦ Grazing Educator Slide Library

The Midwest Perennial Forage Working Group (MPFWG) has shared the webinar presentation slides from top grazing educators from Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.

♦ Grass Run Farms

Grass Run Farms is a collaboration of family farms in America’s heartland, producing 100% grass-fed beef.

♦ Pasture Project

The Pasture Project works in the Upper Mississippi River Basin to increase the number of acres of farmland that are sustainably managed.

FURTHER READING

♦ Raising Grass-Fed Cattle for Better Beef

A return to the old-school way of raising beef cattle can lead to food safety, security, and sustainability. By Robert D. Copeland, Mother Earth News 

♦ I Sell Water and Sunshine

Informative video on grazing systems by grass-fed beef producer, Doug Peterson

♦ The Farm for the Trees 

How Agroforestry provides ecological services, and help crops and cattle too. By Twilight Greenaway, Take Part

♦ Upping the Steaks: How Grass-fed Beef is Reshaping Ag and Helping the Planet

By Christopher Weber, The Grist

♦ Beyond Organic: A Family Affair for Amish Farmer

By Donna Schill, Iowawatch.org

♦ Grass-fed and Organic Beef: Production Cost and Profit Potential

SARE- Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Project Overview